Why do you run? We run for health, for an escape, for endurance, for jamming out to tunes, for achieving personal goals, for chatting with friends, for 5Ks, for half and full marathons, for a cause. We know that if you’re not wearing the right shoes for your feet, for your hips, and for your gait, your body takes a beating. This is why here are our recommendations for you…
1. Saucony Ride 10 Running Shoe
Saucony’s Ride 10 is a solid update on a decade of reliability and success. It may not have a flashy design or any claimed groundbreaking technology, but it’s extremely well-rounded and caters to a majority of runners who favor sub-half marathon distances, making it our pick for the best overall.
Newer runners and those with more experience will love this shoe. The shoe’s neutral arch support is made for those who are blessed to have higher arches. A moderate amount of cushioning can handle distances around 10 miles easily, and a relatively lightweight construction (8.4 ounces) is made for speed for shorter runs, whether speed training or going all-out on a 5K.
2. Brooks Ravenna 8 Running Shoe
Best Budget Buy
We chose the Brooks Ravenna 8 as the best budget buy because it offers the level of added support, cushioning, and energy return that traditionally puts shoes in a higher price category. It’s the winner of Runner’s World’s “Best Buy” award, too.
3. Nike Zoom Fly Breaking2 Edition Running Shoe
Best New Style
Last year, Nike launched a project called “Breaking2,” which documented three world-class runners as they attempted to be the first ever to run a marathon in under two hours. Of the three shoes in this series, the Zoom Fly is their everyday pair, with the perfect blend of style for gym and street wear, cushion and support for long distances, and durability that’ll stand up to an intense training regimen.
4. Asics GT-2000 6 Running Shoe
Best for Overpronators
If you have low arches, overpronation can wreak havoc on your body, which takes the fun out of running. To protect your muscles and joints, a shoe in the stability class is a must, as they’re made with added medial arch support to reduce overpronation and promote more natural mechanics. Asics calls their added stability their Impact Guidance System. Though it might not be the sexiest, lightest, or most responsive, the sixth generation of Asic’s GT-2000 is our pick for the best shoe for women who overpronate.
5. Hoka One One Clifton 4 Running Shoe
Best for Long Distance
Hoka is known and loved among distance runners for their plush, distance-capable shoes. The Clifton, the road version of their fan-favorite Challenger ATR, isn’t Hoka’s most-cushioned road shoe. Nevertheless, it’s still softer than many competitor’s most plush shoe, and it’s this supreme impact absorption that makes the Clifton a common sighting at marathon finish lines.
6. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4 Sneaker
Best for Versatility
New Balance really nailed it with this shoe — there’s very little that’s not to love. The Zante V4 is the newest update in their “soft and cushioned” category, which means there’s plenty of impact protection for distances up to 13.2 miles. However, distance isn’t its only strong suit.
7. Adidas Ultraboost X Running Shoe
Best for Fashionable Runners
Adidas has done it again with the Ultraboost X — a shoe that performs just as good as it looks. Its standout feature is a free-floating arch, where the stretchy upper is actually separated from the midfoot under your arch, but connected at the heel and forefoot. This gives the wearer an incredibly snug feeling that, when coupled with a thick saddle around the midfoot, cradles your foot and locks it in place. The upper’s Primeknit is quite breathable, too, so odors won’t develop if you put them to good use.
8. Altra Torin 3.0 Running Shoe
Best Zero-Drop Training Shoes
One of Altra’s best-selling road shoes, they call it their “core neutral road trainer.” It features the brand’s beloved foot shape and a wide toe box, which allows your foot to sit more naturally on the sole rather than cramming your toes in like the F train at rush hour.
9. New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi v2 Running Shoe
Best for Trails
If running is your sport and nature is your second home, trail running might become an intervention-worthy addiction. New Balance built on the success and platform of the Fresh Foam Zante with this trail stomper by adding some huge diamond-shaped lugs that can grip uneven rock surfaces like a vice.
10. Brooks Ghost 10 Running Shoe
Best for Beginners
The Ghost is a typical first shoe for runners who visit a dedicated running store for gait analysis and learn that they’re blessed with high arches. These runners don’t need a true stability shoe, but they can benefit from a generally stiffer shoe with a little bit of medial support, as fatigued muscles can harm your form and lead to injury at higher mileage.